By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A new poll shows that more than 400,000 vacationers in the eight-county Philadelphia region are ready to return to the Jersey shore this summer.READ MORE: Four Children Among Five Killed In Pottstown Home Explosion, Police Say
Most of the damage from the storm hit the beaches in the central and upper portion of the state, and AAA found that most in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties use South Jersey beaches.READ MORE: Beach Erosion Will Keep One-Third Of North Wildwood Beaches Closed Memorial Day Weekend
But overall, says AAA’s Jenny Robinson, people say they are eager to return to the Jersey shore.
“We found so much determination, especially among New Jerseyans, that they relly want to go back and support the local businesses,” Robinson tells KYW Newsradio. “We’re finding ‘Jersey Strong’ is not just a saying. About half of New Jersey people we polled said they are making specific efforts to visit the shore because they want to help the local businesses.”
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